Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng

Robotics Engineering (Foundation Entry) MEng

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B667; Short form: MeRE/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


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Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Expand your expertise with the technical depth and project work experience you need to progress further in a robotics career on our MEng degree programme. The extra year’s study leads to a deeper understanding of the subject and its real-world application.

You’ll get the chance to work on a wider range of projects, including group work that could involve our professional partners and collaborators - BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, the NHS and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance among others. And just as importantly, you’ll develop a range of transferable skills, like teamwork, decision-making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communication - all skills employers prize.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT


  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies

Year 2 and 3

Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Applications
  • Electronics and Electronic Practice
  • Digital Electronics and Programmable Systems  ​

Compulsory modules

  • Robotic Systems
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Electronic Systems Applications
  • Digital Systems
  • Software Development 2

Optional modules - choose one

  • Data Communications
  • Electronic Systems

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Microcontroller Systems
  • Project
  • Engineering Professionalism

Optional Modules

  • Machine Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Embedded Real time Systems
  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Computer Aided Instrumentation

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Robotics and Intelligent system design
  • The Engineer and Society
  • Individual Project
  • Group Project

Optional Modules

  • Digital Signal and Image Processing B
  • Power Electronics and Machine Control
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data Analytics and Visualisation

Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Senior academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) with real-world industrial experience. UCLan practices research informed teaching, and the course team includes reviewers and editors with IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and other publishers. They contribute to industrial and professional advisory panels and help write international engineering standards. Subject matter expertise includes the following general domains: Advanced Manufacturing; Circuit Design; Data Communications; Embedded Real-time Systems; Intelligent Systems; Signal Processing; Measurement and Control; and Robotics.

The MEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering course aim is to develop graduates with a broad understanding of current technology and practice in electronic engineering, covering the relevant aspects of electro-mechanical systems and additional specialist areas according to the option modules studied.

The discipline of robotics engineering encompasses a wide skills base and the emphasis of this course is the design of complex systems for tele-operated, semi-autonomous and autonomous robots and incorporates aspects of sensing, control theory, computational intelligence and computing. The course is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply themselves to the design of mechatronic systems for a variety of applications and the transferrable skills to find employment in a diverse set of industrial and commercial sectors.

The course:

  • Meets the requirements for accreditation of the programme by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, which is expected to complete the review at the next stage
  • Provides an extended, enhanced, and industrially relevant integrated master’s programme of study in preparation for professional practice
  • Produces resourceful, competent, clear-thinking professional engineers with a range of skills and experience relevant to today’s engineering industry
  • Equips graduates with knowledge, skills, experience, and understanding which underpin a professional career in engineering

The MEng fulfils all of the necessary academic requirements on the route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status which is the distinguishing professional qualification in the employment market. Employability is central to our degree provision and you will be taught the basic aspects of electronic engineering to ensure you have the skills required to succeed in industry. Course delivery allows for you to specialise in your chosen area depending on module choices, including digital design, signal processing, real-time systems, neural networks and communications. This ensures your studies are shaped to suit your career aspirations.

Benefits of an MEng (Hons)

  • An MEng (Hons) degree is at master's level
  • You will have the opportunity to work on a greater range of projects, including group work which could include involvement with our partners and industrial collaborators such as BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance
  • The MEng (Hons) provides a greater depth of study and development of transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communication
  • MEng (Hons) graduates are able to command higher starting salaries   

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Our partners and industrial collaborators include: BAE Systems, CISCO, NASA, NHS, and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance.

You can benefit from industrial sponsorship. You will typically work full time in a junior engineering position at a local company while studying part time. Undergraduate students are able to take a placement year in industry before the final year. Successful completion of the industrial placement module is recognised by the endorsement “with industrial placement” in the award title.

Professional Accreditation

The BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The MEng course has been submitted for accreditation.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including traditional lectures, laboratory-based sessions using specialist facilities, computer sessions and simulations, tutorials, design exercises and directed study. The practical facilities are located in a purpose-built building with impressive computer facilities and dedicated laboratories.

Assessment uses formal examinations and coursework. The balance of assessment varies from module to module; a typical breakdown over the full course is in the range 60%-70% examination, 30%-40% coursework, exclusive of major individual project work. 


There are opportunities for paid, real-world industrial experience working on ERDF funded commercial projects connected to local industry in the North West, and Summer Undergraduate Internships, working on actual research projects - we recently placed a student with NASA.

The majority of graduates embark on careers in high value manufacturing. A course module that will help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme.

Opportunities for further study include a taught postgraduate MSc course in Digital Signal and Image Processing or Renewable Energy Engineering. The School has significant research activity in this area and graduates can opt for an MSc, MPhil or PhD with the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing (ADSIP) Research Centre, Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) Research Centre or Centre for Power and Energy Management.

Career options in Robotic Engineering are varied - you could go on to work in high value manufacturing, industrial and commercial sectors, aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development. A course module to help you plan your career as an engineering professional is part of your degree programme.


You’ll enjoy access to world-class resources through the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) facility. An opportunity to experience state-of-the-art manufacturing hardware and software systems developed during research at UCLan, including CISCO industrial networks, industrial automation, MES, RFID and Fanuc & Kuka industrial robots